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"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy"
(Matthew 5:7)


WYDUSA: The United States
Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 


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World Youth Day


Krakow Kickoff- Special Live Event 

July 7th 2015 at 2:00pm EDT in the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.
The United States officially launches its Pilgrim Year of Preparation for World Youth Day 2016 on Tuesday, July 15.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, World Youth Day Liaison for the U.S. Bishops, will present the latest updates and reveal anticipated products for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland. The live event will feature testimonies from WYD alumni and live Q&A from audience members present in the crowd and online. 

The event is open to all youth and young adults, ministry leaders, and World Youth Day alumni.

Can't make it in person? Watch the event live streamed online via Twitter and Periscope and join the event on Facebook. Send us your questions during the event for a chance to receive free official WYDUSA products. 

Please note that if you plan to view the event from a computer, Periscope is not compatible with Internet Explorer, and is compatible with Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox.

For those who missed it, a video recording of the Krakow Kickoff will be available on this website very soon.

Read the full event details here.

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World Youth Day Updates

World Youth Day Store

See all the World Youth Day USA products: t-shirts, hoodies, water bottles, prayer cards, and much more all at the online store HERE.

Pilgrim Year of Preparation Calendar

Explore and download this calendar, which is complete with WYD and Polish patrons and other special holidays relating to WYD pilgrims.

Sites of Catholic Heritage in the US

Make a pilgrimage to one of these U.S. sites that are significant to Catholic heritage. Don't miss the Polish Catholic sites, to help you prepare for your journey to Krakow.

Pilgrim Prayer Guide

Download this prayer guide designed for domestic pilgrims to use as they visit local places of pilgrimage.

World Youth Day Event and Packing Logistics 

Check out our logistics pages for the week-long event in Krakow and for packing preparation. These pages will continually be updated as the event draws nearer.

WYDUSA Official Logo

We encourage you to use the WYDUSA official logo to promote WYD, but please keep in mind these terms and conditions.

Bishop Caggiano's Krakow 2016 Presentation at the 2015 Bishops' June Meeting

"So why should we, as bishops, be a part of the World Youth Day experience? Many of us here could speak to this from our experience. Pope Francis calls us to smell like the sheep..."  Continue reading the full address here.

World Youth Day 2016 Krakow Updates

Stay in the loop with Krakow 2016's latest plans, media, and much more by going to our World Youth Day Krakow site.

Błogosławieni is Much Longer Than Blessed

Paul Jarzembowski visited Krakow to prepare for World Youth Day. Read to learn about his trip and the joys and challenges of planning World Youth Day.

Pope Francis 2015 Message to Young People

"Blessed are the merciful..." VIEW

USCCB Staff Offers Presentation on WYD's Impact in the U.S.A.

Read the 2014 report HERE


The Threefold Purpose of World Youth Daywyd-usa-logo-montage

Pope John Paul II announced the institution of World Youth Day in December, 1985 as an annual gathering of youth and young adults for prayer, worship and celebration of the Catholic faith.  The event is observed annually in dioceses around the world and every two to three years at an international gathering.  World Youth Day USA is an umbrella term for U.S. pilgrim participation in World Youth Day both abroad at the international event and nationally to celebrate the through stateside gatherings. Both international and domestic World Youth Day celebrations are important for three reasons.

Putting Trust in the Young

World Youth Day is a coming together of young adults from the four corners of the world and a strong reminder of the strength and confidence the young bring to the Church today.

Gathering Together

World Youth Day is not simply a gathering for the young people of the world, but a time to put trust in the world's youth. A calling for the world's youth to come together as one people.

Personally Encountering the International Catholic Community

In the 21st century technology ensures that young people are always in contact with one another.  World Youth Day goes beyond "being in contact" and gives young people a personal encounter with the international Catholic community they cannot get through their phones or computers.  The Church and Christians worldwide play a role in preventing fear, fostering hope, and building real human relationships.

WORLD YOUTH DAY - rio 2013


Relive WYD Rio through Salt+Light's WYD Central blog.

The most recent international World Youth Day was held in late July 2013 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Over three million people from around the world descended onto Copacabana Beach for the final Mass of WYD that year. For those anticipating the next international event in Krakow, it may be good to see what happened in Rio as a benchmark for these incredible international gatherings.  

Pope Francis waves beside Brazil's flag during a welcome ceremony at the Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

World youth day Alumni Network

Are you an alumni of a past World Youth Day?  

Register to be part of the National WYDUSA Alumni Network.
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World Youth Day is not the destination, but one point along the pilgrimage of life. As a WYD alumni, you are still on that journey. Connect with other U.S. citizens who have participated in a World Youth Day event, either stateside or internationally, at least once in the past thirty years since these gatherings began in 1984. 

Over one-half million people in the USA have been to a World Youth Day event - are you one of them? If so, connect with the national alumni network today.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact the USCCB World Youth Day Office with any questions you may have pertaining to World Youth Day, including information about pilgrim preparation and hosting stateside events.

Phone: (202) 541-3044 | E-mail:

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